Professor Lawrence "Larry" Watson will recreate the weekly excitement listeners enjoyed in the heyday of the Apollo Theater. The concerts starts with a tribute to Dionne Warwick and the compositions of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. There will also be a medley of Sam Cooke hits, and an all-out tribute to Valerie Simpson of the famed group Ashford and Simpson. The evening will be rounded out with covers of classics by Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Tate Vega, and Marvin Gaye.
This annual spring concert will focus on the rich sounds of many of the early pioneer artists who personify stage performance technique. Berklee artists have spent the semester preparing an hourlong concert of selections popularized by Phyllis Hyman, Johnny Taylor, the Ojays, and a showstopping medley of the hits of Sam Cooke. Professor Lawrence Watson is the producer and it is the Spring Concert for PST 471 Stage Performance I.